News roundup

Just a few things that have caught my eye on BBC News the last day or two.

Kryptonite discovered!

How cool is this? Finding a compound/mineral that was described in a film a few months back. A shame they can’t actually call it Kryptonite as it’s not actually in any way related to the gas Krypton. Ah well.

Marathon runner battle heat

All due respect to those who took part (one year, maybe…) but I’d hardly call 21 degrees a heatwave. I was in Singapore for the marathon there last year and caught the end of it at around 9am. Despite the early start, temperatures were still higher than 21 degrees and the humidity is silly over there. The 2002 marathon had 30 degree plus heat and 80% humidity!

Maybe I’m just getting used to silly temperatures again. Between Perth, Darwin, Singapore and Hanoi I’d guess my average temperature has been in the mid 20’s.

Mind yer arse!

A warning that a good old fashioned flush lavvy (or a hole in the ground and a bucket) are all nature ever intended us to use.

Students can’t “work” condoms

I don’t know if this is funny or scary. People smart (or rich) enough to embark on a degree course don’t know how to put one on. Or think that it has holes in big enough for HIV to pass through. Or that they can wash them and use them again. OK, maybe the last one is tied to them not being able to put them on properly. Ever tried to slip one on when it’s already unfurled? It ain’t happening.

I do remember an advert at the cinema many years ago featuring a guy in his 70’s or 80’s talking about his condom. He’d even named it, though that name escapes me. When he finished with it, he’s wash it, dust it with chalk and pop it back in the box for later. It was designed like that! Things have changed and the advert was pointing out how much simpler things are these days.

Unless you’re 1/3 of the British university population. Good grief.

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Thanks for bringing a smile to my face this early in the morning Mosh. I’m back at work today and needed some comic relief.

But really, how hard is it to put condoms on? Is it any wonder that young people nowadays are chock-full of STI’s?

I just realised that made me sound like some scary old person…which I’m really not…I hope.


Early morning? Shift time zones, woman – it’s almost 3pm here! I should get lunch…

I admit some condoms can be a bugger. Trying to figure out which way round they unfurl in a dark room with slippery fingers and when you’re in a rush can be a right pain! But still!

I don’t think you’re scary! Much.


I run on one time and one time only, GMT (+1 if we’re in the summer!). I don’t do time zones well, even in Europe I get confused with being an hour ahead. Hmmm. Kinda ruins my plans for travelling, lol.

Yeah, they’re not the easiest things in the world, but it’s not rocket science. And I remember being taught how to put them on in school…whatever happened to that embarrasing lesson on the curriculum?

Just wait til you see me at Download. Then you’ll see how scary I can be 😛


Time zones are a pain when you’re travelling round this part of the word. There are four in Oz and one state doesn’t do daylight savings.

I never got those lessons in school. I was forced to an all-boys one so maybe they thought we’d all just **** instead of want to have sex with anything.

And do you need a hotel room? We have two beds going spare in ours…


I dunno, I’m actually quite looking forward to the idea of camping. But give me time to discuss it with my friends and we’ll see. You never know with my friends, they may have already made other arrangements.


Yeah, I wanted to camp as well (cheaper!) but Anni’s chicken and booked a hotel (boo!)


I can’t wait until I have to teach that PSE lesson… lol (not) Have seen it taught, and they actually bring prosthetic willies in to school to do it on!!!

And the old saying works… practice makes perfect 😉


In the interests of improving our country’s education I will allow you to practise on me. For the good of our education system you understand.

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